(NOV. 10)—The College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD) has a new dean in the person of Dr. Sylvia Estrada-Claudio.
The 13th dean, Claudio was appointed by the UP Board of Regents on Sept. 7 at its 1330th meeting and will serve until Sept. 6, 2020. She succeeded Dr. Jocelyn T. Caragay.
A professor at CSWCD’s Department of Women and Development Studies, Claudio was Director of the University Center for Women’s Studies from Jun. 1, 2011 to May 31, 2014.
She co-founded Likhaan Women’s Center Inc., a non-governmental organization providing health education and training, community organizing and reproductive health services to urban poor women. It is based in Project 8, Quezon City.
Claudio earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from UP in 1981 and a PhD in Psychology from UP Diliman in 1996. She was a Research fellow at the Institute of Developmental Research Amsterdam at the University of Amsterdam in 1991. She graduated BS Psychology, cum laude from UPD in 1977.
The author of numerous publications and a known advocate for reproductive health, among her works are “Democracy and Theocracy: Justice and Sexism. The Philippine Roman Catholic Church in the 60s and the 70s (2013), “Was I Doing Outreach or was I Standing Outside and Reaching in?” (2012) and “The War on Women’s Bodies: Religious Fundamentalisms and the Struggle for Reproductive and Sexual Rights” (2011).
She received various awards and distinctions, among the most recent are the Courage Award from the Women Have Wings Foundation (2013), the Bayi Citation for the lifetime promotion and defense of women’s and people’s rights and vigilance for genuine democracy (2010) and the UP Centennial Faculty Grant Award (July 2008 to June 2009).